Brisbane Marathon win caps Dawson's golden run
HIGH-achieving Ipswich runner Clay Dawson is finally taking a break after a phenomenal month of success around south east Queensland.
His Brisbane Marathon win on Sunday - in a "massive" personal best time of two hours, 30 minutes, 43 seconds - capped his latest series of extraordinary results.
A week earlier, he won the 10km race at Ipswich's annual Park2Park event following more glory at last month's Gold Coast Marathon.
"That was a tough decision," Dawson said of committing to the Park2Park.
"I left entering that to the last minute to see how the body felt because I knew Brisbane Marathon was coming up and the Gold Coast Marathon was three weeks ago at that stage."
He went on to win that shorter Ipswich event after being part of the Queensland team that won gold at the Gold Coast Marathon.
The Rosewood State High School teacher came sixth in the Oceania championships the same weekend, behind former Ipswich runner Al Stevenson who was third.
Stevenson picked up gold and Dawson silver as Queensland's first two runners home in the state championships. They teamed with Scott Brittain to claim the team gold for their state.
But Dawson's success didn't end there. On a snowboarding holiday that followed in New Zealand, Dawson entered a 10km fun run in Dunedin and won again.
"I'm blown away. I wasn't expecting it," Dawson, 32, said of his Brisbane Marathon success.
"It's all falling into place now."
Dawson's incredible performances follow a number of national and international achievements the year before.
However, his consistency is astounding.
"It's mainly just staying level and listening to my body a lot more," the 2013-14 Intraining Male Athlete of the Year said.
"Last year I was running hard races and training harder than I definitely should have,'' Ipswich runner Clay Dawson said.
"With a more smarter, concerted effort, I've gotten better results.''
Although achieving so much, Dawson has another "pie in the sky dream'' when he returns from a month off.
After knocking a minute off his personal best in Sunday's Brisbane Marathon, he wants to run a future 42.2km race in two hours, 29 minutes or less.
"I was 40 seconds off it yesterday (Brisbane Marathon). There was a bit of a headwind and to be honest, it wasn't really on the radar at the start,'' he said.
However, given his fine attitude and record of success, that goal seems a formality in coming months.